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Wed
06
Apr

Clayton Ridge coach retires after 22 years


Coach Tom Krall recently retired from a successful 22-year coaching career with the Clayton Ridge School District. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Each coach has a different approach to managing a sports team. Tom Krall of Guttenberg has been perfecting his skills as a team leader since he was 15 years old. Krall recently stepped down from his 22-year coaching career with the Clayton Ridge School District. "My coaching career began the year Garnavillo and Guttenberg merged into one school district," Krall commented.  

Wed
06
Apr

Community vitality is work session topic

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council held a work session on March 30 to discuss the community vitality position that has been vacant since the resignation of Emily Yaddof late last year. The Community Vitality advisory committee subsequently interviewed candidates and made a recommendation to the city council in February, but the council took no action at that time, instead making plans to continue discussion on the scope of the position.

Wed
30
Mar

GMHC Easter basket fundraiser and volunteer drive


The GMHC Auxiliary supports the hospital through funderaisers, dues and donations. Their long and impressive list of annual projects and year-round gift shop are an integral part of the hospital's success. Auxiliary members front from left are, Carolyn Hoffmann, Dorothy Wille, Carol M., Jan Hansel; back, Linda Aulwes, Carol Smith, Karen Kriemon, Cheryl Simmons and Karilyn McArthur. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics (GMHC) and Auxiliary are excited to announce the return of its volunteers and the re-opening of the Gift Shop on March 21, and the return of the Easter Basket fundraiser. 

Wed
30
Mar

Blooming Branches celebrates 10 years


Blooming Branches will mark 10 successful years in business with a celebration on April 9. From left are Nancy Schroeder and Linda Ludovissy who have been working side-by-side for the past 14 years. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Blooming Branches, located at 511 South First Street in Guttenberg, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. A variety of specialty food and drinks items will available that day as well as in-store specials and a free gift for each valued customer. "Stop in, have a drink and a bite to eat and see our new spring line of products," said Linda Ludovissy and Nancy Schroeder Blooming Branches co-owners. 

Wed
30
Mar

Mississippi flood outlook predicts near normal risk

By Shelia Tomkins

With melting snow and the arrival of spring, Guttenberg residents have learned to keep an eye on river levels as the traditional spring crest on the Mississippi River approaches.

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts the risk of Mississippi River spring flooding at near-normal for the Guttenberg area.

Wed
23
Mar

Author publishes "Beneath the Polish Moon"


Jake Kaminski (a pseudonym) has recently published his second novel, "Beneath the Polish Moon.” (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Part-time community member Jake Kaminski, a pseudonym, has recently published his second novel, Beneath the Polish Moon. His first book, Shadow Wolves, an action-packed thriller, was the 2020 Silver Medal Winner of the Reader's Favorite International Book Competition, and Honorable Mention at the 30th Annual Writers Digest Competition. Shadow Wolves received high praise from Midwest Book Review; Writer's Digest; Kirkus Reviews and Reader's Favorite. "I am on track to have Shadow Wolves sequel, Crowe, ready for publication this upcoming fall," he noted. 

Wed
23
Mar

Heitman remains active following retirement


Healthy living advocate Nancy Heitman of Guttenberg grew up with horses and continues to ride and care for them. (Photo submited)

By Caroline Rosacker

Healthy lifestyles are a common discussion on social media and television, and in newsprint, magazines and self-help literature. Every day a new diet, workout regime or supplement plan boasts the key to longevity. While most exercise fads and hot diets aren’t sustainable, they do indicate the role good health plays in a well-balanced life. 

Wed
23
Mar

City council approves fiscal year budget

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on March 14, approved the budget for the coming fiscal year and okayed a $500,000 grant application for water system improvements. Mayor Fred Schaub led council members Jane Parker, Steve Bahls, Michelle Geuder, Austin Greve and Mandy Ludovissy through the evening's agenda. City Manager Denise Schneider was also at the council table. 

Wed
16
Mar

Amanda Rose publishes "It's a Wonderful Story"


Amanda Rose Johnson has written and published her first children's book, "It's a Wonderful Story," based on her grandmother, Lydia Kann, who grew up in Germany, and her compelling personal account of writing letters to her future husband living in the United States. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

A mother-daughter pen pal project launched the inspiration for Amanda Rose Johnson's first children's publication, It's a Wonderful Story, based on her grandmother, Lydia Kann, who grew up in Germany and her compelling, personal account of writing letters to her future husband living in the United States.

Wed
16
Mar

Trinity Lutheran Church installs Pastor Keller


Pastor Brent Keller has assumed pastoral duties at Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg and St. Paul Lutheran Church in McGregor. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

On Feb. 13, Pastor Brent Keller was installed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg, with five Iowa District East pastors presiding. He will be serving Trinity Lutheran Church in Guttenberg and St. Paul Lutheran Church, McGregor. He served Peace Lutheran Church, in Alcester, S.D., prior to his installment. 

Pastor Keller will reside in the church parsonage with his wife, Hannelore, and daughters, Evangeline and Annalise. 

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